California company recalls 377,000 pounds of ground beef
Commercial Meat Co., a Los Angeles, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The ground beef products subject to recall include 5-,10-,15-,20-,30-,40-,50- and 60-pound cases of bulk ground beef; 5-,10- and 20-pound cases of ground beef patties; 10-, 15- ,20- ,30- ,40- and 50-pound cases of ground beef taco and 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-pound cases of ground beef chili. Each case bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 4873" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between Sept. 7, 2011 and Oct. 6, 2011 and were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, as well as one Federal establishment in California for further processing.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.